Saturday, 23 July 2016

Books I'd Like to Read | With Rosie

Nothing beats curling up, absorbed in a new book. For a while now, I've had a mental list of books that I'd like and decided to order a couple of them - I can't wait to get reading. Reading has always been something that I love - from looking at pop-up picture books when I was little, to now, when I constantly have a book on the go.
A couple of years ago, I read Invisible Girl by Kate Maryon and absolutely loved it. For a while now, I've been meaning to read some of her other books - so I ordered a copy of A Million Angels, and can't wait to get reading. One of the things that appeals most to me about Kate's books is the beautiful illustrations on the covers. This one is particularly pretty, and I love how there are clues to the story hidden within the drawings - the angels, gas masks, letters, and plane, hint at the theme of war. On the blurb, it tells us that Jemima's dad is in the army and going to Afghanistan - ''While Mima is sending Dad millions of guardian angels to keep him safe, who is looking out for her?'

The next book that I ordered was Girls in Tears. Since I was about seven, Jacqueline Wilson has been my favourite author and, in the last few years, I started collecting her teenage books. Girls in Tears is a book from a series about three girls, Ellie, Magda, and Nadine. Having loved the other three in the series, I've been wanting to give this one a read for a while. 'Buckets of tears are wept and hundreds of tissues sniffled into. Can the girls survive these testing times?'

The last book the I've chosen is Quiet Power by Susan Cain. Having had this book for a little while, I've dipped in and read some chapters - but I'm hoping to sit down and read it properly at some point soon.This one is slightly different to the other ones that I've chosen because it's a non-fiction book. From what I've read so far, this book is really useful. The aim of it is to give advice to teenagers who are introverted or quiet - along with each chapter, there are quotes and stories from other people to relate to.

What authors do you recommend?

Make sure you go over and read Rosie's 'to read' list and read through
her lovely blog:

Saturday, 16 July 2016

A Doodle Diary

Recently, one of the latest Pinterest crazes seems to be bullet or doodle journals. As much as I love writing, I've never been a big diary writer; I tried once or twice, and could only keep it up for about a week or two. However, when I was scrolling through Pinterest, I liked the idea of a more creative perspective on keeping a journal. I'm not sure if this is something I'll keep up and do regularly, but I think it's fun to do occasionally, and something that would be lovely to look back on.

Browsing online, a journal idea that caught my eye was writing the date big in the centre of the page, filling the rest with notes of things you've done, squeezing in doodles to fill in the gaps. I liked this idea because it makes it unique and interesting to look at - and you can get creative with a colourful pens and different fonts. The idea is that keeping a diary doesn't have to be all about writing - you can note everything down using drawings, colour, and big text. 

Another thing that you could do, if you want to get even more creative, is to stick in photos or tickets from things that you've been up to, with glue or paper clips. You could even decorate the pages with glitter and sequins to add some sparkle. I love the way that there are so many ideas as to how you can create a visual diary. Online, on Pinterest especially, there are so many pictures of bullet journals that you could use for inspiration.

Do you keep a diary?

Monday, 11 July 2016

It's been a year! | Goals for the Future

Can you believe that it's been a whole year since I sat down and typed up my very first blog post? Looking back, my blog has changed and grown so much since, and I'm so happy that's it's come this far. To begin with, it had a craft theme, but it's quickly evolved into a life blog. I've never been very good at keeping a diary, so blogging has been a lovely way to document my life and some of things that I've been enjoying. Thank you to everyone who's ever read, followed, commented - I love writing my blog, and it's amazing to know that there's people out there reading it.

Twelve months seems like my first blogging milestone. Me and Lily, from, have decided to talk about any goals for the future, or any other milestones we'd like to achieve.

My hopes for the future:

 To keep reading and discover new authors

To keep having craft projects on the go

To carry on writing my blog

To chat to more bloggers and discover new blogs

  To continue writing letters

To keep taking photos and
put them in a scrapbook or photo album

To try my best in my exams

 To carry on with dance

To learn new art forms and styles

To learn to do more hairstyles, like dutch braids

To try and learn calligraphy 

To improve at taking photos 

Do you have any hopes or goals?

See Lily's goals for the future and have a read of her lovely posts:
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